Smith, Mark; Llewellyn, Clare; Ruus, Laine; Kirkwood, Steve; Burnett, Ros. (2017). Securing a data set on allegations of sexual abuse made against the former disc jockey, Jimmy Savile, [dataset]. University of Edinburgh. School of Social and Political Science. Social Work. http://dx.doi.org/10.7488/ds/2126.
In this work we look at the initial phase of an ESRC funded project involving academics from Social Work, Criminology, Informatics and the University of Edinburgh Library.This project collected and analysed a data set on allegations of sexual abuse made against the former disc jockey, Jimmy Savile. The Savile affair has taken place in a public and highly charged, arena. It has generated massive media attention and spawned several public reports, most notably that which was produced as a result of Operation Yewtree. Early allegations against Savile emanate from former residents at Duncroft, a residential school for `wayward but intelligent young women'. This project stems from data produced and collected by the blogger `Anna Raccoon' herself a former resident at the school. Through her blogs on the subject of Savile and Duncroft she was contacted by others and has collected a variety of information on the subject. The data harvested from the blog are supplemented by official reports and other blogs.